If you like sports and exercise, it may be a good option to work as a personal trainer on your own or as an employee. Of course, almost more important than this is that you like to deal with people, since the psychological component of this work is very important.
This profession seen from the outside can seem easy, simple, and that makes you rich right away. Well, nothing is further from reality.
Only one training session takes many hours of work behind (if you really want to make a good session, of course), designing the routine based on what has been worked in previous sessions, what will be worked on later, the objectives of the client, and the profile and objectives thereof.
Therefore, if you want to dedicate yourself to this you must know that you are going to have to dedicate a lot of work and above all time.
And once this is clear, let’s talk about training. Anyone who asks me if I can do a personal trainer course, I will usually tell him yes, but that does not make him a good coach.
Being a good coach gives you, in addition to experience, good knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and a long etcetera. And all that you will find in the Bachelor of Science of Physical Activity and Sports.
Before you get on top of me I must shield myself saying that it is true that there are good courses that touch all those topics, like those of the NSCA or those that the ACSM does for example, but even so I think that someone who does not have the preparation It will cost you a lot to get that degree.
And leaving the training apart, a coach must also have other skills. Learned? Born with them? Judge yourself:
1.- Make sure of what you do
After all, training is health. If you doubt what you do, in addition to giving insecurity to your client, you can endanger their health.
You have to know and believe that exercise is not only to be sexy but to have a healthy body. Let him see your client to give him extra motivation.
2.- The physicist matters, unfortunately
This point is the one that rages me the most. Many (too many) people think that if you do not have an athletic body you are not a good coach. In my class I have met true teachers with amazing knowledge but who simply did not like to train or did not have time for it.
If you do not have leadership skills then make it a priority to learn them (if you can). A coach during the session is a leader. It is who motivates, encourages and the model to follow (either by his physical or by his knowledge on how to lead a healthy life).
Very few people like to train and if the trainer is passive, is always looking at the mobile, is very quiet, just marks the exercises, etc., it is more likely that the client will not return and, what is worse, speak bad of what a personal training is.
Like or not to train, your client has to enjoy the session, feel that he has worked and that he wants to arrive the next day with you.
4.- Knowledge is also taught
At this point I give a lot of importance especially because if I were a client I would like it to be like that. In my sessions I try to get the person I train to have worked and learned.
I can not simply say to do an exercise and that’s it. I always accompany him with the muscles that are worked, why we do this and not another, what happens in his body when he does that exercise, etc. In short, I think that if you understand the exercise you can get to take more advantage.
So if you like exercise and sports, I encourage you to be one of those who care about the health of people, a training partner, a mentor for your client, a psychologist, a motivator, a leader, and very many cases, a friend.
But, yes, it starts at the foundations with a very good formation. Because coaches there are many but good, “two.”